1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Though separated from the Thessalonians, Paul overflowed with concern for them. Several attempts to return had been thwarted by Satanic hindrance. To reassure the church, Paul not only expressed his deep desire to see them, he reinforced it by telling them that his pastoral aim was nothing less than their spiritual preparation to stand before Christ at the last day. This message explores the relationship between pastoral affection and ministry objectives.